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    Universality and the Daunting Task of Cultural Translation: A Response to Penny Enslin and Mary Tjiattas

    Todd, Sharon (2009) Universality and the Daunting Task of Cultural Translation: A Response to Penny Enslin and Mary Tjiattas. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 43 (1). pp. 18-23. ISSN 0309-8249

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    I first want to thank Penny Enslin and Mary Tjiattas for offering a richly textured discussion to which the opportunity of crafting a response gives me great pleasure—on two counts. First, the paper addresses what I see, along with the authors, to be a pressing problem for philosophy of education and for the political orientation of education more generally, namely the question and status of the universal for addressing injustices. This problem, as Enslin and Tjiattas acknowledge, has become sharply profiled within the pervasive talk of globalisation and current turns to cosmopolitan thought, and it therefore deserves the serious thinking it has received in their paper. As for the second source of my pleasure, Enslin and Tjiattas’s desire to work toward a ‘qualified universalism’ is one for which I have a great deal of sympathy, given that it is no longer possible to think exclusively in ‘absolutist’ terms as though cultural practices were irrelevant to the promotion of global justice. The paper builds rightly, in my view, toward a reflective engagement with the terms upon which justice can be reconceived.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Universality; Daunting Task; Cultural; Translation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8550
    Depositing User: Prof. Sharon Todd
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 08:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Philosophy of Education
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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